Lean Vs Lard Pigs For Your Homestead

If you are looking into raising pigs on your homestead, here is some useful information that might help you. Lean breeds are more common these days because they do not produce as much fat as the lard breeds.  Here are a few more differences between a lard breed and a lean breed pig. Lard Hogs: […]

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Cow – Terms And Tips

I have been doing a lot of research on cows.  This week has been about Dexters.  They are a heritage miniature breed originally from Ireland.  While looking for breeders, I have been coming across some terminology that I have never heard of.  Below is a list of cow terms that you will find when looking […]

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Livestock Shelters, Sheds and Barns

One a homestead you should have some sort of shelter for your livestock.  Some might be temporary and others are long term.  Many argue that you need to have a barn or shed before that livestock enters your property.  However, many go with a temporary shelter due to time constraints. First lets consider your gardening […]

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What a Family of 4 Really Needs For a Self Reliant Homestead

Starting a homestead is an exciting and beautiful thing, so much so that many can go over board on animals and find that it is too much for them to maintain.  This article will focus on just looking at your family needs without getting too excited and going over board.  So what does a family […]

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Breeding Chickens For Flock Maintenance

There is an ongoing trend in the homesteading community where people choose to buy 50 or so chickens for the year to raise and then butcher for meet.  This takes any where between 9 to 12 weeks depending on the breed before it is time to harvest them. Many choose to do things this way […]

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What About Raising Quail?

Quails are beautiful birds that are kept in the homestead for meat and eggs.  While it is smaller than a chicken there are still several reasons why one would want to try raising quail on the homestead. Eggs – While their eggs are smaller, they are great egg layers.  They start laying eggs at about […]

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Goats vs Sheep

Goats and sheep can both be kept as livestock in the homestead for meat and milk.  Goat meat is less in calories, cholesterol and saturated fats than beef, pork, lamb and chicken.  It is also higher in protein and iron than beef. Goats are more profitable than sheep meat because it is in higher demand.  […]

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Raising Meat Pigs or Breeding

Pigs can be another source of meat on the homestead as well as income.  Their gestation period is about 4 months and piglets can be weaned in about a month.  If you are considering raising pigs for meat or breeding them, here is some information on costs and time frames. Price of a pig – […]

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Money on the Homestead – Rabbit Manure

If you are considering raising rabbits on the homestead as a meat source, you will also find that there are a few ways of also making money on the homestead with them.  You can sell rabbit meat, live rabbits as pets or meat rabbits for others to reproduce on their homestead and sell their manure […]

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Thin Eggs Shells – Calcium Deficiency

If you notice that your hens are laying eggs with very thin shells, this is usually due to calcium deficiency.  This may occur when if you give your flock more food scraps than formulated chicken feed.  One way of giving your chickens more calcium is by offering them crushed oyster shells. If you are looking to […]

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